Cochran’s Ski Club

Cochran’s Ski Club is dedicated to providing alpine race training opportunities to children ages 6 and up in a family oriented environment. Club kids should demonstrate an outward interest in ski racing and have at least advanced beginner ski skills. In addition to training and competition, the club engages in a variety of related social activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. We encourage every child to participate in some races, regardless of their ski racing ability. We strive to give club kids a sense of accomplishment through improvement in their skiing skills in the context of ski racing. In reaching these objectives we never overlook the fact that the purpose of ski racing or of any competitive sport is to have fun! 

Our philosophy is described in The Cochran Way

Watch this video by our friends at T-Bar Films for a little taste of amazing:

Volunteering at races and other events is at the heart of Ski Club engagement.  There are lots of opportunities to help with the races!

Cochran’s Ski & Ride Sale provides about half of Ski Club’s operating budget: the Sale’s success comes from the commitment and hard work of our families, alumni, coaches and community supporters.  Learn more about how we help: Ski Club Primer for Families 2019. Cochran’s Ski Club accepts tax-deductible donations to our Financial Assistance Program, or General Fund.  Cochran’s Ski Club, PO Box 104, Richmond, VT  05477.  Thank you.

Cochran’s Ski Sale 2020 will be November 6 (consignment drop-off), and Saturday November 7 – Sunday November 8, at Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond VT.  Stay tuned for details!  Ski Sale is an important fund-raiser for our organization AND a great way to make sure everyone has the gear they need to enjoy winter affordably, so we will do our best to carry on, considering the pandemic.


COVID-19 precautions caused an early end to our 2019-20 season.  We were very sorry to have to end training and racing so abruptly.  We are working on a variety of possibilities to resume all of the activities that keep our Cochran’s Ski Club happy, connected and strong!  So stay with us, stay in touch, and look forward to good things to come.  VARA has posted a collection of return-to-sport guidelines and best practices.

BIG NEWS: Cochran’s Ski Club has a new Program Director!  Bobby Farrell, whom some of you may have met when he coached the U16-19 age group 2 seasons ago, is a highly accomplished Division 1 ski racer.  While he was raised in Southern VT, Bobby was often on the Cochran hill growing up. (You might remember that his father, Jim Farrell – Cochran’s current Head U16-19 coach – was the original Cochran’s racer.)  Bobby is a long time friend of the Cochran family and is well-steeped in the Cochran Way.   He understands the importance of the collaborative relationship between the Ski Area and the Ski Club as well as the importance of keeping things fun.  Bobby has a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UVM, and when he’s not focused on our athletes, provides his engineering expertise to ski areas.

NEWS: VARA created a guide to help with Alpine Race equipment selection: VARA Equipment Sizing and Tips 2019

NEWS: updates to USS&S rules and guidelines from the 2019 Alpine Congress and FIS update, summary available here: August 2019 ASC and FIS Update



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